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Normall microtype tracking loosens the tracking of small caps. However, with fontspec's \setmainfont{ebgaramond}, small caps are completely disabled and I get a loose normal text,

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as opposed to

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with the corresponding font package and normal pdfLaTeX. I want to use LuaLaTeX for some fancy ligatures, and XeLaTeX messes everything up.

Using the ebgaramond package in LuaLaTeX doesn't help.

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microtype doesn't go well with luaLaTeX. – Harish Kumar Sep 12 '13 at 0:04
@HarishKumar Is there a way to loose-track small caps outside of \usepackage[tracking]{microtype} but while not interfering with microtype's other duties? In other words, can I achieve this effect while keeping microtype for my other stuff? – Simon Kuang Sep 12 '13 at 0:06
There is beta version of microtype but I am not sure as to what extent it is good. I don't have much experience with lua. Let us wait for luatexperts :-) – Harish Kumar Sep 12 '13 at 0:23
You need to load the font with Renderer=Basic (see here). The upcoming version of microtype will also work with the Full renderer. – Robert Sep 12 '13 at 17:12
This is also the same problem. Duplicate? – Robert Sep 12 '13 at 17:20
up vote 15 down vote accepted

If you provide the instruction


then the tracking option of the microtype package seems to work correctly:

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% !TEX TS-program = lualatex
\setmainfont{EB Garamond}
\textsc{Christianity} Christianity
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You are not using tracking in the example. – Robert Sep 12 '13 at 17:16
@Robert - Thanks for pointing this out. Adding the instruction \defaultfontfeatures{SmallCapsFeatures={Renderer=Basic}} seems to do the job if tracking is enabled. I'll update my example accordingly. – Mico Sep 12 '13 at 18:51

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